For the 2021-22 academic year, the Trust is running two work experience programmes for interns at King's College Hospital and the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH).
Project SEARCH is the national programme for people aged 18 to 24 years old with learning disabilities and autism to gain work experience. The programme provides real life work experience combined with opportunities to develop life skills to help young people with learning difficulties make successful transitions from school to adult life. Project SEARCH in the UK began in 2008 and today runs over 70 schemes throughout the UK and Europe. They have supported more than 1,500 young people into paid work.
We are working with Project SEARCH, Lambeth College, Lambeth Council and Unity Works to support our first intake of interns starting in September 2021.
We are proud to be working with Project SEARCH to host eight interns at our King's College Hospital site throughout the 2021-22 academic year. They will gain a year’s worth of experience in different departments of the hospital, including Therapies, Radiology, Theatres, ICT and the Wellbeing Hub. The placements the interns undertake are assigned based on their skills, abilities and interests.
Each intern will spend 10 to 12 weeks in one area of the hospital, before rotating to another area for 10 to 12 weeks, and then finally to a third area before graduating in July 2022. In total, our interns will complete three placements over the 2021-22 academic year (September to July).
A member of King’s staff will provide mentorship to each intern. The mentor will work alongside them in their role, providing training and guidance until the interns build their confidence. The interns also receive support from their on-site job coach and tutor so that they can complete their final year of education.
Work experience at the PRUH
Seven interns are also taking part in a widening participation internship programme at the PRUH. This initiative uses the principles of Project SEARCH to support people with learning disabilities to gain work experience through three lots of three-month placements. We are running this programme with the support of Bromley Council and London South East College: Bromley, and have a coach to support the education element of the programme.
The programme aims to support the interns transition from full-time education into employment by providing them with additional support and coaching to develop the transferable skills they have learned during their placements.
Find out more
If you would like to find out more about the programme, please visit the Project SEARCH website.
There are also other ways you can get involved with the Trust, including: